by Mr Toffee in

We know that Hearthstone’s dragon expansion is going to be huge, but that didn’t stop Blizzard from throwing its autochess clone hat into the ring.

The company announced a new mode in Hearthstone called Hearthstone Battlegrounds. It features eight players taking the role of familiar Hearthstone characters and doing battle against AI minions. Just like autochess clones like Dota Underlords and Teamfight Tactics, you will get 24 heroes each with their own unique Hero power.

This mode will be free-to-play like the main game. However, if you buy Hearthstone packs, parts of the game will get buffed. If you get 10 packs, you’ll get stat-tracking. If you bought 30 packs, you’ll get emotes. Crazy stuff!

Hearthstone Battlegrounds will have its early access beta starting 5th November. If you pre-purchased a Descent of Dragons bundle -or bought a BlizzCon virtual ticket or attended this BlizzCon physically- you’ll get to play the game in early access. The game will go into open beta 12th November.

Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee
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